It’s that time, friends! Christmas movie time, that is!

Grumpy Cat says: NO.

Wait. Did you think I was talking about White Christmas (or, my preference, Holiday Inn), It’s a Wonderful Life, or A Miracle on 34th Street? The Grinch and Scrooge? The classics? No. I’m talking about the CHEESY Christmas movies on CABLE.

The ones with our favorite childhood stars (or crushes, WHATEVER) – Mark-Paul Gosselar, James Van Der Beek, Mario Lopez, Joey Lawrence, Luke Perry, Dean Cain. And don’t forget the ever-present Melissa Joan Hart, Haylie Duff, Lacey Chabert and their friends Joanna Garcia, Ashley Williams, Tatyana Ali, Danica McKellar, Tia Mowry, Jennie Garth and Jenny McCarthy.

Wow. It sounds a little crazy when I list them all out like that. I don’t care, though. I love every one of those silly movies!

Well, that’s not true. I do have a threshold for cheese, and some of these movies bust right through it. Still, most of them – with their small town charm and desperate business owners and quirky neighbors and snow globe magic and alternate universes and childhood sweethearts – are my favorite things to watch in December.

Even my favorite pop culture writer from the very prestigious NPR agrees:

“Holiday time can actually be a little fraught and a little stressful. You know, you want something uncomplicated, and sometimes saving the Christmas tree farm from foreclosure is a pretty good option.”
Linda Holmes, NPR’s Monkey See

I was going to make a list of my top 10 favorite cheesy Christmas movies, but after listing all the actors who star in them, I realized it would be impossible to narrow it down. (After all, I didn’t even bring up the not-so-famous actors or the Henry Winklers, Tom Cavanaughs, Steve Guttenbergs, Tom Arnolds and the Doris Roberts, Markie Posts, Teri Polos, Candace Camerons. See? I can’t even make THAT list a short one!)

So instead I’ll finish this so I can finish watching…um…Holiday in Handcuffs. (I KNOW.) And I’ll leave you with a few links so you, too, can get your fill of Christmas cheese!

Now, I’m off to do something productive. I’m most certainly not going to follow a rabbit trail of cheesy Christmas movies in hopes of finding this one movie I watched that one time that either had a girl from a show I used to watch or a guy from a show I used to watch and there was a Christmas tree scene and SOMETHING. I think the girl had red hair.

No. I’m not going to try to figure out what movie that is. That’d be ridiculous…right…?

What’s YOUR favorite cheesy Christmas movie?

What should you watch next?


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